Complications From DaVinci Surgical Robots

Surgical technology has advanced significantly in recent years. Many new and sophisticated devices have come about that improve the medical field. In some cases, though, surgical or medical equipment comes into use before it has been proven safe. Or, surgeons will use equipment without the correct training to make sure they can use the devices without harming their patients. One of these dangerous devices is the DaVinci Surgical Robot. This device is now under extreme scrutiny for personal injuries it has caused to the patients.

Understanding DaVinci Surgical Robots

DaVinci Surgical Robots use robotic technology to help surgeons engage in minimally invasive surgery. Human surgeons direct the arms of the robot, which uses blades to engage in surgery. DaVinci Surgical Robots have been used in over 6 million surgeries around the world. DaVinci Surgical Robots continue to improve their surgical systems.

The DaVinci Surgical System helps surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery with a 3D, high-definition view of the surgical area and an advanced set of instruments. Surgeons often use DaVinci Surgical Robots for surgeries involving urology and gynecology. Most often, surgeons use these machines for removing prostates, repairing cardiac valves, and performing gynecological surgeries. DaVinci Surgical Robots claims that patients who undergo surgery through one of its robots have better outcomes than patients who had laparoscopic and open surgery.

One of the arms of the robot has a 3-D camera. This camera transmits a detailed picture of the patient's surgical site to the visual console. Typically, the machine only makes small incisions, but they also allow the surgeon to get an excellent view of the surgical site. By making the visual field much better, surgeons have a better idea of the surgical site.

Complications Caused in Surgeries Using DaVinci Surgical System

One major problem with the DaVinci Surgical Systems is that some surgeons have a lack of training with the device. It is essential that surgeons spend enough time practicing with the surgical system before they operate on a live patient using the machine. Some surgeons say it takes hundreds of times to assist in surgery and hours of practice with the machine to be able to use the machine safely and effectively.

In some cases, surgeons have been allowed to operate on live patients with the device with only a few practice sessions. While the robotic hands do make it easier to make small, precise incisions into the skin, that is less invasive if the surgeon does not know how to use the robotic arms. There are several different types of complications that can occur from negligence involving the DaVinci Surgical System. When the machine makes an incision to the wrong body part or in the wrong place, there are several different complications that could happen:

  • Severed ureters
  • Burning of the internal organs
  • Burning of the arteries
  • Peritonitis
  • Bowel or intestinal injuries
  • The need for revision surgeries
  • Death
Lack of Training can Lead to Injuries

DaVinci Surgical Systems are extremely complicated. These machines require extensive training. When a patient becomes injured in a DaVinci Surgical System surgery, one of two things likely happened. The machine might have malfunctioned, or the surgeon using the robotic arms might have made a mistake. He or she might have either acted negligently or not received enough training to properly use the machine.

What to do if You are Injured by the DaVinci Surgical System

If you have been harmed because of a DaVinci Surgical System, or your loved one has passed away due to the device, it is important that you speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. There are several different options that might be available to you. There are currently patients who are pursuing lawsuits against the hospital that conducted your operation. You might also be able to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the DaVinci Surgical System.

Regardless of the type of legal claim you pursue, you will need to prove that the defendant's negligence or recklessness caused your personal injuries. You will be able to seek compensation for all of your financial losses, including your medical expenses, any other expenses related to your injuries, and for pain and suffering. If your loved one died, you can seek damages related to the wrongful death of your loved one.

Contact Our Experienced Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been a victim of a DaVinci Surgical System surgery, or you have lost a loved one due to a similar surgery, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact the Charlotte personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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